Reds Press Release
Cincinnati Pops to Play Live at Great American Ball Park - July 25
Fireworks Friday presented by Homemade Brand Ice Cream featuring the Cincinnati Pops
CINCNINNATI (June 7, 2014) - The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra will play a post-game concert at Great American Ball Park on Friday, July 25, 2014 as part of a special Fireworks Friday show.
The Pops, conducted by John Morris Russell, will play a 30-minute concert after the Reds vs. Nationals game. The last 15 minutes of the concert will accompany the Rozzi's Famous Fireworks show.
"We are honored to have the talented musicians from the Cincinnati Pops and conductor John Morris Russell playing for our fans," said Phil Castellini, Reds Chief Operating Officer. "A live orchestra providing the soundtrack for Rozzi's fireworks will be a historic night at Great American Ball Park."
The Pops will play from the ballpark's Kroger Fan Zone and the concert will be shown on the videoboard for all fans to see.
"When folks around the world hear the word 'Cincinnati' they think of two things: the Reds and the Pops. What a team!" said Mr. Russell. "I'm stoked to be bringing our Pops to Great American Ball Park for a powerhouse program that everyone will love!"
Selections for the concert will include "Finale" from Overture to William Tell, "Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen and "Captain's March" from Captain America.
Members of the Pops will also perform the National Anthem and "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the 7th Inning Stretch.
About the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
The Cincinnati Pops, under the direction of Conductor John Morris Russell, is the alter ego of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, performing a diverse array of musical styles, all bathed in the world-renowned "Cincinnati Sound." The Pops was officially founded in 1977 and just since 1980, the Orchestra has sold ten million recordings around the planet.
The growing list of celebrated artists who have collaborated with the Pops include Ella Fitzgerald, Frederica von Stade, Doc Severinsen, Henry Mancini, Mel Tormé, Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Holiday, Vanessa Williams, Dave Brubeck, The Temptations, John Williams, Rosemary Clooney, Mandy Patinkin, George Takei, Boyz II Men, Bernadette Peters, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
The Pops tours nationally and internationally, most recently performing in Beijing as part of the Opening Festivities of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. In 2005, the Pops completed a historic tour to China and Singapore performing in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The Cincinnati Pops was the first U.S. Pops orchestra to perform in China, and also has appeared to enthusiastic audiences in New York's Carnegie Hall, in Washington D.C. and in Japan and Taiwan.
In 2012, the Pops released its first recording under John Morris Russell, Home for the Holidays, on the Orchestra's own Fanfare Cincinnati label. A second recording, Superheroes, was released in September 2013 and reached #8 on the Billboard crossover chart.
In September 2011, Mr. Russell threw out the first pitch at Great American Ball Park.